The discovery of new lesions, including moles, cysts, and skin tags, may initially cause alarm, and should be examined by your family doctor or dermatologist to ensure any new growths are benign.
Even after being given the all clear by your doctor, lesions can be considered unsightly and an unwelcome addition to your body. At The Dr. Weber Cosmetic Clinic, our trained and experienced clinicians will examine and safely remove the benign lesion, usually in one simple clinic visit and with minimal recovery time.
There are two main ways that most lesions can be removed non-surgically at the Dr. Weber Cosmetic Clinic. The first is cryotherapy, which essentially freezes off the unwanted blemish, resulting in little chance of scarring. Most effective on solar keratosis, cryotherapy works by freezing the skin cells of the blemish by applying liquid nitrogen to the area with a spray gun or cotton bud. The area will immediately freeze, returning to normal body temperature after one to two minutes. Depending on the size and depth of the lesion, the area may need to be refrozen, either immediately or over two to three sessions several weeks apart. Eventually, however, the area will scab over, and after one to two weeks, come away, revealing scar-free, blemish-free skin. Cryotherapy can be initially painful, but the pain is usually mild and only temporary. After the treatment, some swelling and redness may occur, as well as blisters depending on skin sensitivity. When the area is cared for and kept clean, infection should not occur, but can be easily treated with antibiotics if it does.
The second option for lesion removal is a shave excision. With this procedure, the area around the blemish is sterilized, and a small amount of anaesthetic is injected into the lesion in order to minimize pain and discomfort. Then, the clinician simply shaves off the lesion with a very sharp razor. Such a procedure usually will not cause any scarring, as the lesion is removed only at the uppermost layer of the dermis.
If the lesion has grown into deeper layers, a full-thickness excision can be performed by your doctor, but does require sutures and may result in scarring. During your initial consultation, Dr. Weber will determine which option will best work for the specific blemish in question, and which will cause the least amount of visible scarring.
If so, contact Dr. Weber's Cosmetic Clinic today by calling 705.828.3223 or by filling in our secure online appointment request form for a complimentary consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable staff.
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